The Cambrian

Dynamic mix: Cool cars and hot chili

Judges’ awards, first through third place teams respectively, were: T-Rex Chili, Rex Ruiz; 5 Hundy, Bryan Taylor; and repeat winner Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, John MacKinnon. People’s Choice winning teams, first through third respectively, were: repeat winner San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill, Fidel Figueroa; Chili Pot, Jason McDonough; and Camp Ocean Pines, Rick Lawson. About 35 vehicles entered the event’s car show, according to Mary Ann Carson, executive director of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the two-pronged event.

“They were all winners,” Carson said of the much-loved vehicles. “One car enthusiast told us, ‘This may have been a small car show, but I will definitely come back. Great show, killer music, wonderful little town.” While he does the show, his wife goes antique shopping, Carson said, so “they both enjoy their passions here in our little village.” Car-show awards went to: 1st, Bob Jones, black 1964 Austin Healey; 2nd, Jim and Barb Parchen, 1940 yellow Ford coupe; 3rd, Jeff Sines, green 1947 Cadillac convertible. People’s Choice: Wayne Waldrip, red 1967 Chevy Camero. Extra Mile: Jerry Chatterton from Palmdale, gray 1960 Chevy C-10.

Carson defined the weather as “gracious.” Rotary’s beer booth was popular, as always, and “the chili competition was fierce, with cooks teasing each other and trying to peek at the ‘secret’ ingredients. All the chili was superb,” and judges said selecting the best ones was difficult.

Carson lauded the many community volunteers that make the event possible and fun, including Chamber folks, Rotarians, Lions Club members, individual workers and award sponsors.

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